Odds are you know someone, or you yourself are in an unanticipated caregiving situation and are struggling.
According to National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP Caregiving in the U.S. caregivers top 3 unmet needs are:
Finding time for themselves (35%),
Managing emotional and physical stress (29%)
Balancing work and family responsibilities (29%)
This is quite possibly because you have not identified yourself as a caregiver.
It takes some people a long time to realize they are a caregiver, and sometimes even longer to "admit" that they are a caregiver. If this sounds like you, you are not alone. There are over 34 million Americans caring for an aging loved one right now.
According to the National Family Caregivers Association:
Over 90% of family caregivers become more proactive about seeking resources and skills they need to assist their care recipient after they have self-identified.
83% of self-identified family caregivers believe their self-awareness led to increased confidence when talking to healthcare professionals about their loved one's care.
For over 75% of family caregivers, it was the act of helping their loved one with personal care that contributed to their self-identification.
Once you self identify as a caregiver, it becomes much easier to fulfill your own needs. Help your friend. Help yourself. We know you’re in it, and no one should shoulder the caregiving journey alone.